The podcast Carnation is a collaboration with the nonprofit StoryArk, Family Means’ Cimarron Teen Program, Stillwater Area Public Schools, and ArtReach St. Croix’s NEA Big Read.

The podcast is based on student experience as inspired by the novel Into the Beautiful North written by Luis Alberto Urrea, the featured book for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read experience in the St. Croix Valley.

The Big Read brings together residents around a common novel during the month of April. This year’s novel (2018) considered themes of immigration, borders and belonging as its main character, a teenager named Nayeli, travels to the United States to bring back the men to her Mexican village to save it from threatening bandidos.

We called the podcast “Carnation” and plan to title each episode a color of the flower based on the symbolism that color represents.